NAE Celebrates 2024 National Engineers Week

Engineers Week
February 18-24, 2024

Creating the Future
Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been.”                                      aeronautic engineer Theodore von Kármán

Engineers think big – at scale. They create awe-inspiring innovations. They push innovation and make revolutionary changes. They find solutions to today’s challenges, visualize a future of possibilities, and create the technologies and products that shape our lives. From life-saving vaccines to space travel to our global connectedness through the World Wide Web, engineering touches every facet of our lives… and engineers make it possible.

Engineers Week is both a celebration of engineers and an opportunity to increase the understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. With that in mind, Engineers Week seeks to:

  • raise public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to our quality of life;
  • promote recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy; and
  • motivate youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.

Since its founding in 1951, Engineers Week has grown into a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies — all of whom are dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

Celebrating Engineers and Engineering       

The Circuit Engineering News Show

  • Hosted by Emmy-nominee Omar Lewis, The Circuit showcases the technologies and engineering innovations that reshape our world. This engaging, social media-based engineering news show introduces cutting-edge technologies, leading engineers, pioneering research and expert analyses on innovations. From engineering Barbie to reaching Mars to solving true crime, these are the top engineering stories everyone will find exciting. Whether you prefer YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, we’ve for you covered at The Circuit News .


Frontiers of Engineering (FOE)

  • Participate in an FOE symposium. Participation is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, you must first be nominated, preferably by a more senior individual who is familiar with your research or technical work. A nominations mailing is sent each February to CTOs, professors, NAE members, heads of government labs, and others. Names of winners of "early career" engineer awards from professional engineering societies, NSF, ONR, and foundations are also provided for selection purposes. FOE alums can also nominate individuals to attend. Be proactive! Reach out to your network, as noted above, to find someone to nominate you for an upcoming FOE symposium.
  • Take the Ligler-Wagoner Challenge!  Spearheaded by Frances and George Ligler and Robert and Robyn Wagoner, this challenge will ensure the longevity of the FOE for future generations through a solid foundation of unrestricted support. The goal of the challenge is to raise $200,000 for FOE by December 31, 2024. Each dollar raised will be generously matched 1:1 by the Liglers and Wagoners to double the proceeds to enhance FOE innovation for past, current, and future participants. Donate today.

NAE Awards

  • Celebrate engineering leaders by nominating an engineer for a NAE Award. Nominations are open January 1-April 1 of each year. Past awardees include the inventors of the GPS, LEDs, personal computers, the Internet, creators of lithium-ion batteries, and LASIK eye surgery pioneers. Learn more about these amazing innovators.

NAE Activities, Projects and Initiatives

  • Year-round, NAE works to identify and illuminate issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. Studies, symposia, and public information activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Check out what’s happening at NAE.

NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering

  • Discover the 14 game-changing engineering goals for improving life on the planet. Announced in 2008, these Grand Challenges fall into four cross-cutting themes: sustainability, health, security, and joy of living.

Calling All Big Thinkers campaign  

  • The NAE “Engineering: Calling All Big Thinkers” campaign seeks to raise public awareness of engineering, its positive impacts on everyday life, and the career opportunities awaiting students of all backgrounds and talents. These dynamic PSAs reinforce the message that as engineers, “We not only dream it, We imagine it, Create it, Innovate it, Test it, Make it … Happen. Engineering a better tomorrow.” Segments are available in :60-,:30-, :20- and :15-second versions.

​Engineers can build a safe, secure world; one in which anyone with a creative mindset can become an engineer. Our nation needs engineers, and today’s students need to know that a career in engineering is within reach. And as an engineer, they can shape the future – and create the world they want to live in.